Best Dispensaries in Northern California

Planning a trip to NorCal? Here are a few places to keep an eye out for.


California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana, and they’ve recently implemented recreational marijuana laws. Because of California’s long history with legal marijuana, there are now hundreds of storefront dispensaries. Here are the Northern California spots you need to hit.

Airfield Supply Co.

1190 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

The Airfield Supply Co. has a nice open layout in their dispensary section, with floors painted to look like an airstrip. It feels like you’re about to board a plane once you get past the lobby (where their on-site garden can be viewed). Airfield Supply Co. will set you up with everything you need before you take off. The boutique style retail store offers both recreational and medical marijuana cannabis clones, strains, concentrates and edibles. Don’t forget to check out their online calendar for info on upcoming discounts, guests vendors, or events.

Barbary Coast

952 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

A dispensary and lounge in San Francisco, Barbary Coast Collective has an upscale look while maintaining reasonable prices. Originally a medical-only dispensary, they’ve finally jumped into the recreational game. Customers can even relax and enjoy their cannabis onsite at their dab bar, as well as several tables and booths equipped with vaporizers.

Berkeley Patients Group

2366 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

Berkeley Patients Group was established in 1999 making them the longest running (and still one of the best) dispensaries in Northern California. The reason they’re still open in this risky, competitive market is because they’ve maintained a level of professionalism and adapted to regulations as they’ve changed. Their staff is friendly, knowledgeable and they carry a wide variety of cannabis products that are high in THC or CBD for all types of patients and adult users. There are two lines in case some customers already know what they need before walking in. Customers that know what they need can go to the express line while the other is for patients to take their time, ask questions and pick out their products before purchasing.

Bloom Room

471 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Medical Use

Bloom Room is a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco, California. They have high-quality cannabis flowers and concentrates for connoisseurs as well as affordable options for patients on a budget. In fact, there are weekly discounts. There is a vape lounge with two volcanoes so you can enjoy some of your buds with one of the best desktop vaporizers on the market. The staff can help with any questions you might have. If you’re in San Francisco and have a medical marijuana recommendation Bloom Room is worth stopping by.


115 Limekiln St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

CannaCruz has been serving California patients since April, 2014. They work with local, responsible growers to provide patients with some of the best flowers in Santa Cruz County. One of their exclusive growers, RB26 is responsible for their multiple award-winning cut of the original “GG4” strain, testing at over 30 percent THC. They have had several other strains testing that high with complex terpene profiles to match. They regularly update their website and there is an online order option. The dispensary has won awards for their flowers, concentrates, edibles, topicals and customer service. They now serve recreational marijuana users but medical users receive a 10 percent discount!

CBCB (Cannabis Buyers Club Berkeley)

3033 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

The Cannabis Buyers Club Berkeley is welcoming with a knowledgeable staff that can guide you to the right medicine. The club has high-quality cannabis products but you can also find bargain prices on certain items. They offer cannabis for both adult users and medical marijuana patients. There are separate lines for medical users and recreational ones. There’s a large lounge with plenty of chairs and couches for relaxing.

Emerald Pharms

13771 U.S. 101 Hopland, CA 95449

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

Emerald Pharms is unique in that it is a solar-powered cannabis resource center located adjacent to a “permaculture oasis” known as the Solar Living Center. You won’t want to miss the serene scenery outside. Fortunately, the vibes are good inside and out. Emerald Pharms is known for their knowledgeable and welcoming staff. In fact, they’re highly rated for their customer service. They have both high THC and CBD products. They can help guide patients to the right cannabinoids and terpenes based on the effects they desire. Emerald Pharms displays their buds and stores them with humidity packs to keep things fresh for their customers.

Green Door SF

843 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94103

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

The Green Door started in Oakland in 2003 but in 2005 they moved to San Francisco. The dispensary has weekly specials as well as events that have celebrity guests. In fact, the beloved Snoop Dogg stopped by and sparked up some of Green Door’s finest with patients at the event. The dispensary has express pick up and delivery options available. They work with several local charitable organizations and aim to improve the city of San Francisco with civic outreach and donating to the right causes. The menu at Green Door SF is extensive. There is a wide variety of edibles, tinctures, concentrates, pre-rolls, premium flowers and more.

The Guild SJ

2943 Daylight Way, San Jose, CA 95111

Medical Use

The Guild San Jose is the flagship dispensary for the California Growers Guild which is well known for producing high-quality award-winning medicine and developments in the cannabis industry. It is a great stop for all your quality cannabis needs. The decor is something like the lobby of a college chemistry building. They’ve got plenty of cannabis strains that test higher than 20 percent THC as well as high CBD phenotypes. They have cartridges, edibles and concentrates from some of the best brands on the market. There are also topicals, tinctures and pre-rolls available.


1840 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94606

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

Harborside is a compassionate dispensary now serving the California Adult market. They have online ordering for pick up or delivery as well as fifteen percent discounts for veterans and seniors. Customers suffering from the increased taxes since January 1st can take advantage of Harborside’s weekly affordable care packages. They have dozens of strains of flowers and concentrates on their shelves at all times. They test their cannabis to ensure there are no safety or quality concerns.

Harvest Off Mission

33 29th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Medical Use

Harvest Off Mission is a very stylish upscale cannabis dispensary set up like a retail shop. The wooden walls and shelving give the dispensary a similar appearance to Eastern herbal shops. They have a wide variety of products and you can browse them as well as their ingredients while shopping. Harvest Off Mission doubles as a full consumption lounge. If you’re looking for a comfortable place to purchase and enjoy cannabis, look no further. You can find variety in both products and prices to suit the needs of several types of consumers.

Humboldt Patient Resource Center

980 6th Street Arcata, CA 95521

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

The Humboldt Patient Resource Center (HPRC) is a state permitted Adult and Medical Cannabis dispensary on the northern coast of California. The dispensary has been operating for over 19 years and it was one of the first in Humboldt County. They offer in-house cultivated flowers, edibles, concentrates, clones, tinctures, salves, oils, balms, and lab testing services. They’re an accredited business under the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.


1859 Little Orchard St, San Jose, CA 95125

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

Lux is serving the California recreational marijuana market with award-winning strains like their Cordero Kush. They have a wide variety of THC cartridges, cannabis concentrates, top-quality flowers, topicals, prerolls and edibles. You can speed up your purchases with the option to pre-order online. Returning customers should be able to pick up their items 30 minutes after placing a preorder. They have deals going on about every other day of the week.

Magnolia Wellness

161 Adeline St, Oakland, CA 94607

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

Magnolia is a small, welcoming dispensary with quality medicine and compassionate employees. The dispensary has been serving patients in Oakland since 2009. You can find deals every week. Thursdays are “concentrates day” while Wednesday is “heavy eighth day.” They have a vape and dab bar so patients have a place to safely consume. Their calendar is loaded with events like classes for vaping or micro-dosing.

Mercy Wellness Of Cotati

7950 Redwood Dr #8, Cotati, CA 94931

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

Mercy Wellness does not require a medical recommendation for purchasing. However, medical marijuana patients have their own line to get their medicine faster. They are happy to help any first-time customers with questions. They’ve been highly rated since their opening and they continue to rack up positive reviews despite the hectic regulation changes at the start of the year.

Monterey Bay Alternative Medicine

800 Portola Drive, Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

Monterey Bay Alternative Medicine has a wide selection of cannabis flowers, tinctures, concentrates, edibles and more. Their staff is equipped with the knowledge to help you find the right medicine for you. If you already know what you want, you can expect an in-and-out experience. You can expect deals and great customer service at the Monterey Bay Alternative Medicine center.

Mount Shasta Patients Collective

418 S Mt Shasta Blvd, Mt Shasta, CA 96067

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

Mount Shasta Patients Collective is a highly-rated dispensary in Mount Shasta, California. Their customer service keeps customers happy and coming back. They have high THC and CBD-rich products. Whether you’re looking for a preroll, seeds, topicals, cartridges, edibles, concentrates or flowers they’ve got a wide variety for you to choose from.

Purple Lotus Patients Center

752 Commercial St #20, San Jose, CA 95112

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

Purple Lotus Patient Center has one of the widest selections in San Jose. They have some of the best edibles, cartridges and flowers around. There are dozens of strains of flowers to choose from. If you don’t know how to roll a joint, there are still about two dozen strains of prerolls to choose from. The staff is knowledgeable enough to guide any new customers in the right direction.

Purple Star MD

2520 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Adult Use (Recreational) & Medical Use

Purple Star MD provides excellent service and reasonable prices. The dispensary is set up like a head shop. They even have grinders, papers, torches and more devices to make consuming their products easier. Purple Star MD opens early and doesn’t close until 10. They carry over 50 connoisseur-quality strains and several consistencies of cannabis concentrate like shatter, crumble, hash and wax. Veterans and seniors get a twenty percent discount here.

Urban Pharm

122 10th Street San Francisco, CA 94103

Medical Use

Urban Pharm is what we’d expect a bar in a steampunk universe to look like. They serve medical marijuana patients in San Francisco and host events like open mic comedy nights. If you’re looking for atmosphere this is the place to be. You will feel welcome and you can even spend some time at their dab bar. They have a nice variety of reasonably priced cannabis products for you to choose from.

Best Dispensaries In Northern California

Incase you didn’t know how many dispensaries there are in California, the number is in the hundreds and many are struggling to adapt to the new regulations. The dispensaries listed above have overall positive customer feedback, a wide variety of quality cannabis products and genuine compassion for their patients as well as their adult-use consumers.

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